Ode to Oz


Last week I posted my Ode to Oz as part of Eighteen25’s Spooktacular September. Thank you so much to everyone who visited and shared such wonderful comments. Since I’m totally in love with this display, I wanted to also include it here on Inspired by Charm. Thrilled as I am to do a guest post for such amazing folks, I’m always a little bummed when I can’t share it here as well. So, I’m breaking all the rules and posting it again. Feel free to skip over this if you wish, or take another look to find things you may have missed. I even included new (and some of my favorite) photos from the shoot. Enjoy! Thanks again everyone!

Today, I wanted to share a little Halloween decorating I did in my dining room. While I love pumpkins, spiders, and ghosts, I decided to take a slightly  less traditional approach this year.

For inspiration, I turned to one of my all-time favorite movies, The Wizard of Oz. You see, I’ve had a love for this movie for quite some time. I played the scarecrow in my grade-school musical, and don’t even get me started on Wicked! Love it!

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Anyway, a couple months ago I hung some new shelves in my dining room. I wanted a little area that I could decorate seasonally with the things I love. This summer I created a Lemonade Stand and a Coffee Bar.

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So, I cleared my shelves and got to work. Except for some green vases I picked up at Goodwill for a few dollars, I created my Ode to Oz with items I already had on hand. Let’s follow the yellow brick road and see what I created.

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Pretty fabulous, right? 
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Are you seeing any Oz-inspired items? Let’s take a closer look.

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A diploma (an old book page wrapped with a ribbon) and a crow represent the Scarecrow, while funnels and a heart on the print in the background stand for the Tin Man.

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For the print, I found a black and white image of a farmhouse online and just printed it out on my printer.

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The Lion makes his appearance in a crown and an actual gold lion I found at Pier1 a few months ago.

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The green vases that I picked up at Goodwill along with a green Ball jar create the Emerald City.

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While this display is lacking ruby slippers, some red roses and votive candle holders add color and sparkle. A piece of blue-and-white checked fabric tied onto a bucket (perfect for throwing water on witches) screams Dorothy.

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Speaking of witches, I included some brooms, a few winged monkeys (that look a little like bats), and an apple, perhaps from an enchanted talking tree.

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Even Glinda makes an appearance with some silver wand-like picks mixed with Indian corn.

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To finish everything off, I added a few more flowers – yellow daisies. Follow the yellow brick road!

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That’s it! My fall/Halloween Ode to Oz display! 

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What do you think? Regardless of your knowledge of The Wizard of Oz, I think this display is festive, colorful, happy, and a whole lot of fun! 

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Clearly, I had a hard time containing my own excitement as I’m photo bombing my own photo.

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I hope all of you enjoyed my display and are feeling a little more inspired. If you are not a fan of The Wizard of Oz, feel free to use this idea for any of your favorite movies! 

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If you do a similar display, please link it up in  the comments or shoot me an email. I’d love to see what you created!

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Thanks again for bearing with my little repost. I hope you enjoyed it just as much as the first time. 

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  • Mimi at

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your Ode to Oz, Michael. Very creative and such a terrific tribute to one of my favorite stories. You’ve INSPIRED me by your design yet again!
    I won’t get you started on Wicked! – except to say that I LOVED both the musical (For Good “Because I knew you…I have been changed for good” – Popular – Sentimental Man – Wonderful — I can’t remember so many good songs w/ singable melodies & meaningful lyrics in a single musical since the days of the “classics” — the kind you actually leave a show whistling or humming!) AND the book (NOT really the same rated G or even PG story of the musical at all, but an excellent story of darkness & sex that COULD have been the been one of the back-stories of OZ. Oh Yeah, I’m definitely a fan of both!
    Oz has been part of my psyche since looking forward to the annual family viewing of the movie on television during my childhood (& a few Halloween costumes). Then, we raised our daughters in Kansas City (Missouri, but across the street from Kansas! and KC has referred to as the “Emerald City” because of all of it’s Irish immigrants), with an appreciation of the Wizard of OZ from an early age: they’ve both seen the movie numerous time & own their own DVD, been in various “productions” of the story (on stages – even in “The Wiz”, in home & backyard “reenactments” or “retellings”, & for Halloween), while living in NYC they’ve heard “You’re not in Kansas, Toto” from countless people, both have “nod spots” in their decorating, and one even used it as “inspirational ode” for her wedding celebration. (featured in Rock & Roll Bride)
    Thanks again, Michael. You always know how to keep the F.U.N. in life (because there’s still a little bit of the FUN KID in you). Don’t ever lose that in your design and your life – your fun bits are what make you different & elevate everything you do to memorable.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks so much! Glad you like the display!

      xo Michael

  • Erin at

    Red poppies would be perfect as well, because of the poppy field on the way to the Emerald City! I LOVE the Wizard of Oz and Wicked! I’m from Kansas and I could tell your theme nodded to Wiz of Oz when I saw the first photo. 🙂

  • Jan's camera at

    Hi I also just found your via Centsational Girl. I love your Wizard of Oz shelf. Very creative. I love all the clues. This is a lot of fun. Great inpiration. Thanks.

  • Jessica at

    Found you via Centsational Girl! This is amazing. I can’t wait to read through the rest of your blog!!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Oh I’m so glad! I just love Kate! Thanks so much!

      xo Michael

  • { The Painted Home } at

    So honored to have you Michael! Love the wood sign as well! Love the bomber shot!
    denise

  • Mariana at

    Who doesn’t love the Wizard of Oz?! Best movie ever. And I love your homage to it. So clever, especially over a green cabinet.

  • Amanda Joy at

    Just saw this Michael and it is AMAZING. Seriously you did such a great job. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

  • Rachel Ashmore at

    Love this display. So creative and different from the normal Fall decor.

  • Sara at

    Found you through the BHG Pinterest board of the month, I think that’s what it’s called, that came up today. I am hooked. Michael, you do an amazing job! Everything looks gorgeous. And your shop would be a favorite to shop if I lived closer (I’m out in Colorado). As a born and raised Kansas girl (did.not.live.on.a.farm.fyi haha) I never like anything “Oz themed” because it typically looks tacky, and well, the fact that there isn’t much in KS and people make fun of the state just gets old. If only they could see the sunsets, field of wheat and sunflowers blowing in the breeze–that is truly gorgeous–anyway, I ramble, your Oz themed corner I absolutely LOVE. It doesn’t scream Oz in your face but you pick up the theme with every little piece and it’s gorgeous. 🙂

  • Tanya at

    Absolutely ADORABLE! I love, love the Wizard of OZ. Pinning this and I’m your newest follwer =)

  • Mrs. Handyverger at

    I absolutely LOVE the whole thing! The yellow (brick road) background is the perfect backdrop to your emerald (city) green cabinet below. Your nods to each of the characters is great – not overbearing, but just a little hint of each of the characters. I just finished reading Wicked, and your whole vignette here made me smile! 🙂

    Stopping by from Centsational Girl! 🙂

  • Nicole at

    love this!! so creative! i love the crown and the green vases and the bucket, too cute!

  • Amy at

    I love this! Wizard of Oz is one of my favorites, too. I’m having a hard time deciding on my favorite part, but I’m leaning towards the bucket right now. Just fabulous!

  • Evan G Cooper at

    MICHAEL!!!! It’s fantastic!!! Love it!! High Five!

  • Aimee @ ShugarySweets at

    What a cool idea! I’m so not creative and crafty when it comes to home interiors!! But if I were, I’d totally copy you 😉

  • Sugar at

    How cute. Loving the ode to Oz. A perfect touch.

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